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UCF Names New Director for School of Modeling, Simulation and Training

The University of Central Florida today named Grace Marie Bochenek ’98PhD its new director of the School of Modeling, Simulation and Training following a national search. Bochenek brings more than 25 years of experience working in defense and energy research, most recently as director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh. Her experience driving innovation through technology and…

Student Research Week at UCF Showcases the Talent, Scholarship of Students

Many students shy away from conducting research because they believe it is complicated and requires an Albert Einstein-like IQ. While it takes work and brainpower, the key ingredients are curiosity and a determination to find answers. Conducting research is something that should be part of every student’s college experience, which is why every year UCF…

Graduate Student Association Results

Please join us in congratulating the following graduate students for being elected as your Graduate Student Association Officers for 2020-2021. President Vice President Treasurer Secretary

Meet Your Graduate Student Association Officer Candidates

The following candidates want to represent you. Voting begins Monday, September 21, and Tuesday, September 22, for the Graduate Student Association Executive Officers. Take a few minutes to read and learn about each of the candidates below. Vote for who you feel will represent the UCF graduate student body the best. An email will be…

What’s New in the 2020 Graduate Catalog?

The UCF College of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the 2020-2021 Graduate Catalog is available online at www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu. The university has approved 15 new graduate certificates and six graduate degree tracks. Graduate Programs UCF approved 15 graduate certificate programs, many which were created in response to COVID-19, providing those with heightened skills and insight, making them even more…

Student Highlight: Doctoral Student Sees Potential in Invisible Materials

Third-year doctoral student Emmanuel Okogbue has always used research as a way to satisfy his curiosity. In his field of study, he investigates nanomaterials, or tiny elements invisible to the eye that are used to build vital structures. Though extremely small, these materials have the potential  to solve big problems and lead to a paradigm…

Graduate Students, We’ve Got You Covered

As the 2020 academic year gets underway at UCF, we know that things are different this fall. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do a lot of things and we want to remind you that the College of Graduate Studies is here to help you. Whether your classes are online or face-to-face, we have ways…

UCF Launches 11 New Graduate Certificates and Tracks in Response to COVID-19

The University of Central Florida has launched 11 new graduate programs in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs, which begin in the Fall 2020 semester, offer candidates a short series of courses that were specifically woven together to provide useful tools when facing COVID-19 related-challenges. The certificates, tracks and special topics courses cover…

A New Home for Our Graduate Programs

The Professional Master of Science in Management Human Resources Class of 2021 poses for their first photo as a cohort. It is with great pleasure to announce that the UCF College of Business’ executive and professional graduate programs will be permanently located at UCF Downtown starting Fall 2020. UCF Downtown offers a 21st Century learning environment including…

UCF Study Will Look at COVID-19 Effects on Services that Help Prevent Reoffending

With many in-person services halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, correctional agencies responsible for probation and parole have had to find new ways to help ensure people are receiving the help they need while also maintaining public safety. These agencies, which traditionally rely on face-to-face interaction, serve some 6 million Americans by helping them find…

UCF Study Finds Microplastics in Florida’s Birds of Prey for First Time

A new study from the University of Central Florida has confirmed and quantified, for the first time, the presence of microplastics in terrestrial and aquatic birds of prey in Florida, including hawks, osprey, and owls. Microplastics are small plastic pieces – less than the size of a pencil tip – that come from larger pieces…

UCF-Led Study Will Examine COVID-19 Communication’s Impact on STEM Education

University of Central Florida researchers are working with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in a National Science Foundation-funded project to understand the effects of COVID-19 crisis communication on undergraduate STEM education. The researchers will examine crisis communication messages from randomly selected universities across the country and see how those messages affected teaching and learning experiences of faculty…

Reopening Our Research Enterprise

UCF research community, COVID-19 has impacted all of us in some way. The disruptions shut down most of our research operations in March, and I know you have been eagerly awaiting word on when you can get back. I appreciate your patience. Since April I have been working with a dedicated team of faculty researchers,…

Graduate Excellence Recognition

The UCF College of Graduate Studies is proud to recognize the following graduate students and faculty for their excellence. The honorees would have been honored during Founder’s Day, but the coronavirus pandemic forced UCF to cancel this event. Each year the Graduate Council Program Review and Awards Committee reviews college nominations and recognizes graduate students…

Procedures for Thesis and Dissertation Approval Forms

As we approach the Spring 2020 defense deadline on April 3, it is essential to have procedures in place for remotely routing, signing, and submitting thesis and dissertation approval forms. As a reminder: All defenses should be held virtually until further notice Each student must access their individual thesis or dissertation approval form in the Thesis…

UCF Study: Sea Level Rise Impacts to Canaveral Sea Turtle Nests Will Be Substantial

Sea level rise and hurricanes are a threat to sea turtle nesting habitat along national seashores in the Southeast, but a new study predicts the greatest impact on turtles will be at Canaveral National Seashore. The University of Central Florida-led study, which was published recently in the journal Ecological Applications, examined loggerhead and green sea turtle nests to…